“Occupy”

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Such a photo is related to the “Occupy” movement at UC Berkeley that we viewed as a class on Monday afternoon. This particular picture captures the police brutality that was thoroughly practiced throughout the nonviolent resistance protest. Thousands upon thousands of viewers have already seen such a picture, and are beyond disgusted with the way such a scenario ultimately played out. With the increased amount of technology out there today, people from all across the globe can view and respond to a protest like this. Many believe the police were in the complete wrong by pepper spraying innocent students who were simply fighting for their right of freedom of speech. The protesters were also complaining about the heavily increased tuition of 82% in the near future. It’s redeeming to think that nonviolent resistance can be so successful. The students didn’t curse or retaliate at the police force one time, yet at the end the police were the ones who left the scene. We’ve seen this throughout history, especially with African American freedoms and how not fighting back can be more successful than retaliating. The use of photos makes the viewers see actual proof of various happenings. Words can only go so far, but with technological innovation comes videos and physical proof for the rest of the world to see. Hopefully pictures like this make regular everyday people want to go out into the world and make a change. It’s amazing how simply the click of a camera button can change people’s stance on a difficult decision.

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